3 Chinese Herbs that will make you Lose Weight Today!

As Westerners become more and more familiar with traditional Chinese medicine many people find themselves wondering what benefits certain Chinese herbs can play in their weight loss plans. In fact, there are three different Chinese herbs which are quite well-known to most Westerners which can be used to supplement your diet and promote weight loss.

Green Tea

chinese-green-teaChinese green tea is probably the most well-known and easily recognized of the Chinese herbs that can help promote weight loss for most people. This is the main reason that it is usually included when looking at natural remedies to promote and encourage weight loss. Most tea have been fermented which is what makes their leaves turn black. Green tea has not undergone this procedure and hence, it keeps most of its natural nutrients. Green tea contains many antioxidants and things called polyphenols which are usually lost in the fermentation process. These polyphenols are natural enhancers of the body’s natural fat-burning effects and what helps the body boost its metabolism. Antioxidants also give people more energy and make them less resistant to exercise.

Scientific studies have shown that people who consume green tea on a regular basis tend to shed their weight more quickly than people who don’t. This alone might be a good incentive for you to put the kettle on the stove!

When choosing a green tea, look for one that contains caffeine. Research has shown that caffeine-based green teas offer the highest calorie burning potential. It’s important to remember that black tea and green tea are essentially the same thing. What’s different is the process that makes black tea black. During this process, the green tea loses many of its metabolism boosting properties. So, if you’re going to drink tea and you want to drink tea that will help you lose weight, choose green tea.

If you are choosing a flavoured green tea be sure to read the label carefully to make sure that you will not be purchasing one with added sweeteners. That will, of course, defeat the whole purpose of drinking green tea for weight loss purposes entirely.

Taking a class on how to brew traditional Chinese tea might be a good idea. Here is a video to get you started:

Most of us think that brewing a pot of tea is a very simple process. Not true when dealing with traditional Chinese tea. To get the full enjoyment from this delectable treat, there are certain rules which must be followed with careful timing. It is not as simple as just throwing a tea bag in a pot of hot water.

Ginger

ginger-weight-lossWhile most people think of ginger as purely a spice used in cooking, it can also be used as a weight loss natural remedy. Ginger is a superb food to add to your diet because it helps your digestive track digest food better and more easily. If your digestive track is functioning at optimal levels, your body will absorb more of the nutrients from the food you are consuming.

People who have high cholesterol will also want to add ginger to their diet because it helps naturally lower cholesterol levels. It is also known to help raise the body’s metabolism rate which will help you burn calories even when you are at rest. This wonder herb also has high amounts of vitamins and protein and protein is the foundation of weight loss.

Ginger can be eaten alone or can be made into tea.

What makes Ginger a Super Food?

Ginseng

ginseng-dietGinseng has tremendous energy boosting qualities which is what makes it ideal for use when trying to lose weight. It will greatly increase your stamina which will encourage you naturally to want to exercise more. Like ginger it also helps with the digestive process.

Native Americans and Chinese people have been using ginseng for medicinal purposes for hundreds of year. Scientific research has now shown that ginseng helps the body naturally strengthen its own immune system, increase libido and improve memory. It has also been scientifically shown to help reduce cholesterol levels. While these items have been studied strenuously by researchers, the other item that has also been studied is ginseng’s ability to aid in the weight loss process.

Ginseng helps with weight loss through two different but similar processes. First, it helps the body naturally speed up its metabolism which will inhibit your body’s ability to convert calories into fat. It will also help your body build more lean muscle and muscle helps burn fat.

ginseng-weight-lossDespite this, ginseng should not be used as your sole weight loss practice. It is important to use it to augment a healthy diet and exercise program. Using all three of these things will be key to your ability to both lose the weight initially but also keep it off in the long run. Yo-yo dieting has long been understood to be a very detrimental thing for the human body. People who yo-yo diet inevitably regain the weight they lost. In fact, they often re-gain even more than they initially lost and this is usually what sets up a bad habit of dieting and re-gaining weight. So, you need to understand that just adding some ginseng powder to your bacon double cheeseburger will not just do the trick. Nor will drinking ginseng tea while you lounge on the couch all day long.

Even though ginseng is a natural product it does have some side effects and should be used sparingly because of this. It is considered to be a stimulant and therefore should be used only with caution by people who have issues with insomnia. If you’re going to use ginseng  be sure you take it early enough in the day so that it does not interfere with your sleep. It has also been known to cause high blood pressure for some people. As with any diet supplement, always discuss adding items like this to your diet with your doctor before proceeding.

Most people take ginseng in capsule or tablet form. The simplest way to consume a daily dose of ginseng is in the form of a morning breakfast smoothie. Bon appetit!

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